During a recent road trip, I encountered two bridges under repair. Both bridges had only one lane open, necessitating a way to alternate the flow of traffic. At the first bridge, that task was handled by two flagmen, one on each end. At the second, traffic was controlled by a pair of portable, automatic gates.
I just returned from attending the 2013 Automate show at McCormick Place in Chicago. Despite the frigid temperatures outside, I was impressed by the crowds inside warming up to the latest robotics technology.
AVON LAKE, OH—The future of manufacturing is not in assembly line workers producing the same item over and over, but in full customization and automation. Or, at least, that is the way of thinking for Matt Hlavin, president of Thogus Products here.
Levels of occupational churn in the United States are now at historic lows. In this thought-provoking presentation, Robert D. Atkinson, founder and president of the ITIF, argues that the biggest economic challenge facing advanced economies today is not too much labor market churn, but too little. Read More